A new bill has just been submitted by the NC Congress that would require every public school to display posters saying “In God We Trust,” among other things.
House Bill 965, known as the National and State Mottos in School Act, was just filed last week by primary sponsors Bert Jones of Rockingham County, Linda Johnson of Cabarrus County, Dean Arp of Union County and Phil Shepherd of Onslow County.
If passed, their new bill would;
“Require the Display of the United States and North Carolina Flags, Flags and of the National and State Mottos and to Require the Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. – Local boards of education shall adopt policies to (i) require the display of the United States and North Carolina flags in each classroom, when available, (ii)(ii) require the display of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” and the State motto, “To Be Rather Than to Seem,” in at least one prominent location of each school, such as an entry way, cafeteria, or other common areas, (iii) require that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance be scheduled on a daily basis, and (iii)(iv) provide age-appropriate instruction on the meaning and historical origins of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. These policies shall not compel any person to stand, salute the flag, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. If flags are donated or are otherwise available, flags shall be displayed in each classroom.”
Proponents of the new law says it highlights history that must be ingrained in our students, but many opponents say its more likely to make some students feel uncomfortable.
The bill will now be presented to a committee before moving to the house for a final vote.
What do you think about the new bill?